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Former US President Donald Trump responded on Thursday to criticism that has been levelled at him following remarks he made against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stressing in a statement that there was no better friend of Israel than he was.

“There was no better friend or ally of Israel than President Donald J. Trump. Under my leadership, the United States stood in complete solidarity with Israel, and as a result, Israel was safe, America was safe, and for the first time in decades, we made historic strides for Peace in the Middle East. As an example, all of the experts said that the Abraham Accords couldn’t be done, but we got them done, and were able to set the Middle East in a new and positive direction,” Trump wrote.

“Crooked Joe Biden’s weakness and incompetence has empowered and emboldened our enemies all over the World, and now, many lives have been so needlessly lost. What a horrible failure Biden has been in sending 6 Billion Dollars to Iran, in a simple hostage swap, when Iran is the state sponsor of terrorist groups, Hamas, Hezbollah, and others. Biden’s massive loosening of sanctions allowed 80 - 100 Billion Dollars of Iranian oil sales—much of which the regime poured into financing its bloody campaigns of terror around the globe. When I was President, and exclusively because of me, Iran was BROKE, and wanting to make a deal. No wonder the World is in absolute chaos! With President Trump back in office, Israel, and everyone else, will be SAFE AGAIN!” he added.

The statement came after Trump was criticized for remarks he made in a speech in Florida on Wednesday, in which he criticized Netanyahu over the elimination of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was eliminated in a US air strike in Iraq in 2020.

In the speech, Trump claimed Netanyahu was no help in the effort to eliminate Soleimani, but later tried to take credit for it.

Commenting on Israel’s current war against Hamas, the former President hinted that it occurred because the 2020 election was “rigged”.

"If the election wasn't rigged, there would be nobody even thinking about going into Israel," said Trump.

He also called the Hezbollah terrorist organization "very smart" and accused Netanyahu of being "not prepared" for the Hamas attack.

The comments were criticized by White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates, who called Trump's comments "dangerous and unhinged."

"It's completely lost on us why any American would ever praise an Iran-backed terrorist organization as 'smart,'" Bates said, as quoted by Reuters.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is challenging Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, wrote on X, "It is absurd that anyone, much less someone running for President, would choose now to attack our friend and ally, Israel, much less praise Hezbollah terrorists as 'very smart.'"

Trump's former Vice President, Mike Pence, who is also seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, said in New Hampshire. "This is no time for any former president or any other American leader to be sending any message other than America stands with Israel."

Meanwhile on Thursday, Rolling Stone reported, citing two sources familiar with the matter, that Trump remains furious with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has expressed his desire for Netanyahu to be removed from office before Trump would potentially be back in office.